Havering Public Health Service is seeking an exceptional candidate to become the public health lead on outbreak control. This is a fixed term post for two years, and an exciting opportunity for anyone who wishes to build on their existing experience of public health by gaining more knowledge of health protection, infection prevention and control, and outbreak management.
Havering is a vibrant and exciting place to live and work. The third largest London borough, Havering is a collection of distinct communities with their own history and character, set in large areas of green belt and with excellent transport links into the centre of London, Essex and beyond. The Council has introduced smart working to support remote working.
The Public Health Team is a friendly, energetic team of people which is passionate about protecting the health of the population and improving health and wellbeing outcomes.
Senior Public Health Specialist- (2 Year Fixed Term Contract)
GRADE 10 (£49,464 - £53,544 per annum)
As a Senior Public Health Specialist you will apply your knowledge of public health policy and practice to provide specialist advice and support on Covid-19 Outbreak Control and wider strategy on influenza and other seasonal health protection issues. You will contribute to the prevention of Covid-19 and management of incidents and outbreaks, working with colleagues across the Council, health agencies and other organisations.
You should be familiar with interpreting surveillance data and information, and be confident in communicating and presenting complex information to diverse audiences in a way that different groups can understand.
You will be expected to lead the development and implementation of outbreak control policies and plans, working closely with colleagues in Public Health and Public Protection. You should be aware of the inequalities associated with Covid-19, and the impact the outbreaks could have on the wider determinants of health. You should also be aware of the challenges and issues that affect various settings, such as care homes, schools, retail, leisure, manufacturing, faith and community settings.
The Council has a published Outbreak Control Plan and JSNA, which describes the borough in detail.
With a passion for improving population health and wellbeing, you will be enthusiastic about building and working in partnership with stakeholders and communities across Havering to prevent and respond to infectious outbreaks, including Covid-19.
You should have a Masters degree in Public Health or similar. You should have sound knowledge of public health policy and strategy, epidemiology, health protection and health inequalities, and be able to evidence experience of applying this knowledge in practice. You will be confident in leading given areas of work at a strategic level.
You will be expected to participate in continuing professional development.
The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.
The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 01708 432770.
For an informal discussion about the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org using Senior Public Health Specialist Recruitment as the subject title and providing your phone number, and a member of the team will contact you.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5 August 2020, however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.
Please note that when shortlisting applications for interview we will score them against the Key Result Areas and Competency Profile outlined in the job profile.
You will be notified if your application has been successful. Interviews will be held on 12 August 2020.